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sternsailart3S.jpg (49905 bytes) Summer Breeze! - This is the story of an 11'8" long 50" beam 16" sides, 500 lb capacity skiff from two sheets of 1/4" 4x8 plywood. Award winning - She won the 2001 Duckworks design contest. 
   
Introduction
Getting started
Sides 
  Skarfing
Frame
Transom 
Stem
Bending
Chines
Bottom
Gunwales
Quarter knees
Seat
Mast Partner
Keel
Skeg
Mast & Spars
Leeboard
Rudder
Sail 
Floatation 
Painting 
Resources 

Quarter Knees & Breast Hook:

These are cut from ply as shown on the plans. There are two ways they can be installed. Cleats can be glued to the inside of the sides such that when glued in place the ply pieces are flush with the gunwales. The top of the gunnels and stem, or gunwales and transom can be planed or sanded flat. The ply pieces are then glued flat on top. The first approach looks tidier to most folks, but the second approach is a bit easier. The edges can be left as is, or a scrap of solid wood or ply can be glued to the underside edges for stiffness and appearance sake.

Handle-Braces: Variation on hook and knees. Details and pictures here.

If all of the above seems tricky here is another approach. to 1" dowels can be as combination braces and handles. 

These lend the stiffness and resistance to both compression and expansion that breast hooks and knees provide while also functioning as handy handles or tie points while car toppng.  

 

   
 

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